Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Are You Smarter Than A Mashed Tater?


Only Two Candidates Seek GCSD BOE Seats
 
Only current BOE member Gale O'Toole & former GCSD teacher Terry Melore turned in proper petitions and will have their names on the ballot.
 
The third seat will be decided in a write-in campaign. A Greece parent* who failed to get the 87 required signatures on a proper petition hopes to get the needed votes. Anyone could run and win, easily!!
 
SCATS ~~ It's a testament to the hugely apathetic voter turnout in Greece that only 87 signatures were needed to get a place on the ballot. The fact that someone seeking a seat was able to screw that up is mind-boggling!

* I can't bring myself to share the name following this epic petition debacle.
  

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

OK, so who all wants to write in "SCATS" and see what they make of that?

Or how about a coordinated campaign to write in "Tyler Grimshaw"?

Anonymous said...

We reached the saturation point with bullies on the board. We don't need Grimshaw.

SCATS said...

SOME of you are SOOOO predictable. The delete button is ready to go.

Anonymous said...

Board of Education Members, do something right this year - do not vote for Julia for BOE president again. It's time for a change - only you can make that happen.

Anonymous said...

It should be easy to upset things by staging a write in campaign for three new faces. Anyone interested?

Anonymous said...

Julia at the helm again will be a recipe for disaster. The only positive thing she can do is have a coming to god moment and realize that BDW is a phony and is chasing employees out and driving the district in to the ground. Once she realizes that test scores and performance aren't going to improve do to the fact that we are no longer a suburban district do to the new population we have thanks to the increased subsidized housing, she will jump ship because she won't be able to hide behind all her double talk and buzz words that she uses to fake everyone out. She will have to come up with an original idea of her own. Hopefully she will move on to another district to destroy and we can do the happy dance like Lyndonville did when they unloaded her to us unsuspecting community members. Please let Christmas come early for us.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand some of you people. Bullies on the board??? NINE WIMPS IF I
EVER SAW ONE. They are aware of the dismantling again of the Special Education
Program and yet they do nothing to make THEI REMPLOYEE toe the line and obey the settlement contained in the Consent Agreement that resulted from the law suit. The district, has adopted the former Walts formula, one for one. That directive requires that for every student granted these services, one must be removed and mainstreamed. They knew it was wrong and unfair then and yet they sit there and let THEIR BOSS, the Superintendant get away with it without
objection. It's amazing what a couple free lunches and some clever schmoozing will get you with this bunch.

SCATS said...

To 6:30PM ~~ Unless you buy into the idea that it takes a phony to recognize a phony, Julia will NEVER have that "moment" you spoke of. Her vision is too clouded for reality to break in.

To 7:20PM ~~ It occurs to me that they do this to maintain about the same number of teachers employed from year to year, no matter how far enrollments sink. As long as they ensure a chunk of students will perform poorly, they can make a case for hiring "reading experts" (teachers) and the like as soon as they cut them out of their budget! Neat trick, huh?

Anonymous said...

So write in one of those Hubbard boys!

Anonymous said...

C. Hubbard for school board. (Do I have the Spelling right?)

Anonymous said...


Charlie would never accept a write in win in the first place let alone declare
he would even be interested. Why? The answer is simple for someone who
understands how a board conducts business and what it takes to try to get your
ideas to the table. Charlie knows that he is just ONE vote and unless he can get
four other members to agree with him, it becomes futile to accomplish his
goals. Under the present board make up he would be lucky to get a second on his
initiative and it would not be brought to the table for a discussion or vote.
That's the reality that I feel people who run for the board do not realize until
they get there and find themselves in line for three years of frustration.
I have serious concerns regarding the lady who came up short with her petitions
as to how she will react if she is successful and learns how it works and can
live with that without becoming frustrated to the point of outrage and so
express it publicly. Could be an interesting year.

SCATS said...

To 10:21AM ~~ I agree. It takes 5 otes to get anything done. However, ONE VOICE ON THE BOE can be crucial in getting more business conducted in the open, more critical questions raised, more issues brought out from those closed door meetings. I'm SURE he could cause a sh*tstorm of trouble at his first meeting :D

Anonymous said...

Nahhhh, it's easier (and less frustrating) for Charlie to sit on the sidelines and post his critical comments on here... Telling us all how things SHOULD be done.

SCATS said...

To 1:52PM ~~ I consider comments such as yours to be great barometers of how effective Charlie, George, Joe, Frank and others were. To be this irritated so many years later, I'd say Charlie et al did a WONDERFUL JOB!

Anonymous said...

Seriously you all complain, complain....how many of you actually attend BOE meetings regularly? How many of you have a level of involvement past the computer chair you sit in and make accusation after accusation of corruption. Yes, it is sad that only 70+ votesd decides who gets on a ballot. Don't complain to the board.....complain to your neighbors who dont vote. How many of you complainers have been to see or write your local legislators about education concerns. Do you even know who they are? Its easy to complain and do nothing else. The real work comes when who push back from the comupter and get to work. You have 2 candidate running AND a write in. Incumbent Gale O’Toole, Retired Teacher Terry Melore AND Valencia Metcalf a dedicated mother of two, who is college educated (has a Masters) long time employee on the state AND hopefully the next member of your BOE. Kudos to all three of these women. They are doing something to forge change from a place other than hidding behind thier computers and blogging. I am certain they know every bit of what thier getting into and ready for it. Best of luck to all three.

Anonymous said...

As I understand it she did turn in all signatures. However, one sheet was mysteriously misplaced. HMMMM, does anyone else find that odd? All candidates are informed upfront how many signatures they need. Why would this women go through all the campagining trouble only to show up on turn-in day short? 70+ signatures is pretty easy to get. Ask yourselves: if the district claims NO-FAULT to losing her last sheet of signatures, then why immediately change your policy to ensure that "nothing like this ever happens again" Nothing like what? I thought they said they did nothing wrong? You dont fix or change a policy that isnt broken. Isnt it odd: change at any other level or for any other topic takes forever. First reads, second reads, final approval. But, this policy was changed in days. I smell a rat!!!!

SCATS said...

To 7:21PM ~~ There is no need to "ATTEND BOE MEETINGS REGULARLY." They are broadcast live on the radio for hundreds, maybe thousands to hear firsthand.

Who is complaining "to the board" as you claim?? Anyone with any sense & insight knows that's akin to banging one's head against a block wall. But it feels soooo good when you stop ;)

You are wrong about the candidates as well as the number of required signatures. There is a second write-in candidate, former BOE member Frank Oberg apparently seeks to return for another 3 yrs. of fun with his insider pals on the BOE. Frank went from being a rebel/BOE outsider to becoming part of the problem during his last term in office. Schmoozing with the Boily bunch does that to some who have a weak spine.

As far as "forging change" goes, please tell me of THREE THINGS Gale O'Toole has "forged change in" during her terms on the BOE??? I bet you can't give me even one!

To 7:31PM ~~ I'm suspicious that you also authored 7:21PM's remarks. Very odd that you both refer to 70+ signatures, when the actual number was 87.

I agree that the policy change happened with lightning speed. Gotta cover-up those tracks before someone catches on. Just ask Julia ;)

Anonymous said...

i'm sorry isn't 87 more than 70+?
And yes, I authored both posts. Why is there a problem or even mention of that? I wasn't trying to be more than one person. Have you ever posted more than once?

Seriously people. Put more of this energy into working for our district like the three ladies, yes-THREE LADIES RUNNING and you'd be surprised what better state we'd all be in!

SCATS said...

To 8:27PM ~~ The mention of your two postings is because it certainly appeared you were trying to sound or appear to be two distinct people. Your first comment was riddled with spelling & other errors. The second was not, even though posted just a few minutes later. I guess by outing you, it makes me smarter than a mashed tater :D

Anonymous said...

"Outing-people", spelling errors, really? That becomes the focus of posts now and not the content. That's right, let's focus on the little details to avoid the bigger picture. Careful now, your starting to sound like another group of people we all know and don't love. (PS- I'll be certain to spell check before submitting)

SCATS said...

To 5:26AM ~~ Actually, the spelling & grammar errors and typos made up MUCH OF THE CONTENT!! In my opinion, it reflects badly on the person 8:27PM (you??) were trying to promote, not to mention the attempt to bamboozle people with two comments composed to make readers believe the write-in candidate had two supporters.

This is about education, a school district. It's bad enough when they put out a calendar with 31 days for June in the past. Could we at least pretend to be literate on here?

Anonymous said...

Scats. If you focus TOO much on "spelling, grammar," etc. there might be far fewer postings. It may "scare away" those with less-than-perfect" language skills. Personally, I'm willing to overlook some of these "nits," in order to appreciate the intent behind a person's comments. How about YOU?

SCATS said...

To 11:05AM ~~ I did overlook them!! I overlook that kind of stuff most of the time (unless I can't decipher the content, in which case it gets scrapped). And I posted the comment.

However, I WILL NOT OVERLOOK THOSE WHO PLAY GAMES & ATTEMPT TO MISLEAD US! Clearly, that is what the person who posted an error riddled comment at 7:21PM yesterday did by following up with a perfectly constructed comment 10 minutes later. We were supposed to believe that some previously unknown parent suddenly has multiple supporters of her write-in campaign.

It's too bad Metcalf didn't take it upon herself to write to this BLOG telling us about herself, what she stands for, what she believes she has to offer, etc. Most such posts of the past have gotten posted on the front of the BLOG so that people get some insight into the candidates.

Anonymous said...

I spell checked the post and found only 5 errors. I would hardly call that riddled. Again, we are now behaving much like our board; hiding behind petty details to smoke screen the bigger picture. I agree 100% with 11:05AM.
While one should take care when posting to be mindful of grammar/spelling, this is a Blog...NOT AN ENGLISH CLASS! Cut your visitors some slack. Their mere visit and/or posting to your Blog is a support to its purpose. Perhaps you could be respectful of that support by being less critical. I don't think she tried to hid the fact that she made 2 posts as she/he readily admitted to and claimed both posts.
SCATS I agree, Ms. Metcalf has been quiet long enough. I would like to see a Bio post from her as well. (PS. as a football Mom, I can tell you she definitely has more than 2 supporters as you suggest.)

SCATS said...

To 12:31PM ~~ FYI, spell check won't always uncover problems with the written word. If you could only find 5 errors, you ought to sue your high school English teacher for failing to do his/her job up to par! In my mind, the issue of the two posts was more of someone PRETENDING TO BE TWO SUPPORTERS OF THIS WANNABE PARENT, than an issue of typose/spelling/grammar. Otherwise, I wouldn't have posted the comment. Of course, YOU ARE VERY DEFENSIVE ABOUT THAT CONCEPT, POSSIBLY BECAUSE IT WAS YOUR POSTING??

I'm reposting the ERROR RIDDLED comment below with the problems I found (without any help by technology) in bold so we can CLEARLY SEE that the person was attempting to hide the fact they posted twice consecutively.

THIS IS THE END OF DISCUSSION ABOUT THE TWO COMMENTS.It's time to get back on topic.

SCATS said...

The comment from 5/09/2013 7:21 PM with MOST (not all) errors I found in bold:

"Seriously you all complain, complain....how many of you actually attend BOE meetings regularly? How many of you have a level of involvement past the computer chair you sit in and make accusation after accusation of corruption. Yes, it is sad that only 70+ votesd decides who gets on a ballot. Don't complain to the board.....complain to your neighbors who dont vote. How many of you complainers have been to see or write your local legislators about education concerns. Do you even know who they are? Its easy to complain and do nothing else. The real work comes when who push back from the comupter and get to work. You have 2 candidate running AND a write in. Incumbent Gale O’Toole, Retired Teacher Terry Melore AND Valencia Metcalf a dedicated mother of two, who is college educated (has a Masters) long time employee on the state AND hopefully the next member of your BOE. Kudos to all three of these women. They are doing something to forge change from a place other than hidding behind thier computers and blogging. I am certain they know every bit of what thier getting into and ready for it. Best of luck to all three."

SCATS said...

By the way, the punctuation errors aren't readily seen by using bold, such as where a question mark was called for, but a period was used.

Back to "the candidates" ... God help us!